Simone Dinnerstein and the FSO make music come to life

By Jen Roberts
August 09, 2017

Woodburn was thrilled to host concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein several times throughout the school year. Ms. Dinnerstein was able to come teach our students about her love for music thanks to our partnership with the Fairfax Sympony Orchestra.

Ms. Dinnerstein led class discussions about music with several grade levels. The year was capped off when she brought the Cuban Lyceum Orchestra to play at Woodburn. Students and community members were invited to hear the group, who played traditional Cuban music, accompanied by Ms. Dinnerstein on the piano.

Woodburn students were awed and inspired by the performance. Students were excited to hear the orchestra conductor explain each piece in Spanish before Ms. Dinnerstein would translate. At the end of the concert, several students were able to ask the orchestra members questions ranging from their motivation for becoming musicians to what they were most looking forward to seeing in the United States. Afterwards, fourth grade student Isabella Ragona presented Ms. Dinnerstein with a piano sculpture she had made with found materials from around Woodburn so that Ms. Dinnerstein would be able to take a piece of Woodburn away with her.

Thank you to the FSO and Ms. Dinnerstein for a truly amazing experience!